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Honeybees, bumblebees, sweat bees, and African bees are just a few common names for the nearly 20,000 known social and solitary species of bees (Anthophila). In fact, many entomologists estimate the actual species count is higher. While the benefit of bees is well documented, they remain a nuisance to those living on every continent except for Antarctica.
Therefore, safe and legal control of a local bee population is complex and warrants further consultation.
Similar to bees, there are over 100,000 different species of wasps (Apocrita), and many help to control the pest situation in the local environment. The varying species are subdivided into same social or solitary categories as bees. While social wasp species build nests on trees, in attics, and on top of ground holes, solitary wasp species are generally parasitic or predatory in nature and will tend to build nests in nonspecific areas.
Due to the various species and respective danger, further consultation on the safe removal of any wasp or wasp population will avoid potential consequences.
The largest of the aforementioned social wasps, hornets, (Vespa) are extremely aggressive and protective of the nest. A hornet’s sting is painful to humans as it contains small amounts of toxicity that can vary greatly by species. Allergic reactions, fatal in severe cases, may occur as a result of a hornet sting.
Do not kill a hornet as the pest’s distress signal can trigger the entire nest to attack. This distress signal contains a chemical called pheromone, which sticks to any materials that it comes in contact with. Perfumes and volatile chemicals can be falsely identified as pheromone by the hornets and trigger an attack. Instead, contact a knowledgeable professional.
The carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) is large, approximately 25.4 mm long, and is often mistaken for a bumblebee. The key distinction between a carpenter bee and bumblebee is the carpenter bee’s shiny, black, and nearly hairless abdomen. This pest is commonly found in woodpiles, unpainted fence posts, fascia boards, eaves, and under decks where females dig tunnels.
If disturbed, carpenter bees can be highly aggressive when defending their territory and female carpenter bees can sting. While equally aggressive, males are stinger-less and can be identified by a large yellow/white spot on the front of the face. Painting, applying metal flashing, or installing wire screening to the exposed wood surface are the best means to prevent damage. Likewise, untreated carpenter bee activity can also result in woodpecker problems – a common hunter of carpenter bees.